World Environment Day 2018: Top 5 Affordable CNG Cars to Buy in India - Tata, Maruti Suzuki and More
Maruti Celerio Green CNG tank. Photo for representation only. (Image: Maruti Suzuki)
As the fuel prices have reached an all-time high in India, and with no sign of respite from the BJP-led central government, people are looking for alternative options of commuting. The petrol prices in Delhi as of 23rd May, 2018 stands at Rs 77.17 and diesel at Rs 68.34 (IOCL sourced prices). Public transportation or carpooling are a couple of options to offset the increasing fuel prices, but there are a lot of people in India who have to drive their own vehicle to office, because of lack of public transportation in their respective areas.
While electric cars are a credible option, the choices are very few. In comes the CNG (compressed natural gas) cars that run both on CNG and petrol. People living in metro cities have a big advantage of driving their cars on CNG fuel, as it is both cheap to refill, and better in mileage as compared to the diesel and petrol. However, people tend to go for an aftermarket fitment of CNG kits that might not be as safe as the company fitted CNG kits. There are a handful of CNG fitted cars to choose from and here’s the list-
Tata Nano EMax CNG
Starting Price – Rs 2.96 Lakh
The first car on our list is the forgotten Indian wonder – the Tata Nano entry level compact hatchback. Tata Motors did one smart move by adding a company fitted CNG kit to the most affordable car in India, which, in turn, makes it the most affordable CNG cars in India. It’s available only in one variant and is called the Tata Nano EMax XM prices at Rs 2.96 Lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Alto CNG
Starting Price – Rs 3.71 Lakh
There are people who might not go for the Tata Nano CNG, even with its lucrative price tag. If reliability is one of your concerns for not buying a Tata Nano, look no further than the Maruti Suzuki Alto hatchback. India’s largest car manufacturer enjoys 50%+ market share because it has the right products at right price range. There are 4 CNG variants to choose from – 2 each on 800cc and K10 models. The starting price for Alto 800 CNG is Rs 3.71 Lakh, while Alto K10 CNG starts at Rs 4.14 Lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R CNG
Starting Price – Rs 4.68 Lakh
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has been one of the most successful hatchbacks of India thanks to its generous cabin space and incredible price tag. It has constantly featured in the top 5 most sold cars in India. Maruti Suzuki, seeing its popularity, added CNG to the tall-boy hatchback. The CNG fitted Wagon R starts at Rs 4.68 Lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG
Starting Price – Rs 5.14 Lakh
The thing with CNG cars is that apart from 1 Tata and numerous Maruti cars, no other manufacturer is offering it for retail buyers. Both Hyundai and Mahindra have CNG products, but they are meant only for fleet owners. This is where Maruti takes the pie from other OEMs. Yet another Maruti Suzuki product to offer CNG kit is Celerio hatchback, which is offered in 2 variants at a starting price of Rs 5.14 Lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG
Starting Price – Rs 8.27 Lakh
Last on our list is yet another Maruti Suzuki product, and that too, an unexpected one. Maruti Suzuki recently added a CNG version to its popular Ertiga seven-seater MPV. However, the CNG version is available only in one variant VX and that too with only manual gearbox (although an automatic gearbox is available in petrol models). The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VX CNG is priced at Rs 8.27 Lakh.
*All Price Ex-Showroom, Delhi